2020-06-26News

"An impressive glimpse into the future"

On Tuesday, June 23rd 2020, Wolfgang Kirsch visited the Fendt factory in Marktoberdorf. Wolfgang Kirsch has been a member of AGCO’s Board of Directors since April 30th.

"An impressive glimpse into the future"

On Tuesday, June 23rd 2020, Wolfgang Kirsch visited the Fendt factory in Marktoberdorf. Wolfgang Kirsch has been a member of AGCO’s Board of Directors since April 30th.

Wolfgang Kirsch took the opportunity to get to know the modern transmission and tractor factory as well as the research and development department in Marktoberdorf. And he was visibly impressed. "It was a lot of fun," he said at the end of his visit to the factory. After a kick-off with the complete Fendt Managing Board, he started his visit in the transmission factory together with Ekkehart Gläser (Vice President and Managing Director Production), Karl-Heinz Welz (Director, Manufacturing Transmissions Marktoberdorf) and Dr. Jan Cachay (Head of Process Planning, Work Preparation & Maintenance Transmissions Marktoberdorf).

Next was the visit in the tractor factory with Ekkehart Gläser and Peter Bebersdorf (Director, Manufacturing Tractors Marktoberdorf). The last stop of the visit was a tour through the research and development department where Dr. Heribert Reiter (Vice President and Managing Director Research & Development, Purchase & Customer Service) and Walter Wagner (Vice President, Engineering Fendt Tractors) continued the tour with Wolfgang Kirsch. "That was an impressive glimpse into the future of motor technology. When you think of agricultural engineering, you don't immediately think of electric technologies. This is where Fendt is certainly ahead in tractor technology," said Wolfgang Kirsch.

Impressions from the visit to the Fendt factory

ltr. Karl-Heinz Welz (Director, Manufacturing Transmissions Marktoberdorf), Wolfgang Kirsch, Dr. Jan Cachay (Head of Process Planning, Work Preparation & Maintenance Transmissions Marktoberdorf) and Ekkehart Gläser in the transmission factory Marktoberdorf
ltr. Peter Bebersdorf (Director, Manufacturing Tractors Marktoberdorf) and Wolfgang Kirsch in conversation at the light tunnel at the end of tractor assembly line
Wolfgang Kirsch takes the new Fendt 724 Vario with the new operating concept FendtONE for a spin

In conclusion, Wolfgang Kirsch summarizes his impression as follows: "You can tell that the employees are proud of Fendt. The desire to continue producing efficient and innovative machines motivates the Fendt employees. In addition, the interdepartmental cooperation is a great advantage and enables a flexible response to new challenges".

Before he was appointed to the Board of Directors at AGCO, Wolfgang Kirsch was Chairman of the Board of Directors of DZ Bank AG in Frankfurt for 16 years. He now succeeds Hendrikus Visser on the Board of Directors at AGCO. "In our discussions on the Board of Directors, questions sometimes arise. In order to make the right decisions, a personal impression from the factory and also the personal connection to the management helps. And the visit does not have to be an isolated incident," Wolfgang Kirsch remarks with a smile.

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